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The Compulsive Leader’s Blind Spots

When you learn to recognize the signs of a compulsive leader, you won’t have to look far to see it in much of today’s corporate culture. With a high value on accomplishment and productivity, there are many compulsive, driven leaders in executive positions. I know, because I see it all the time in the work I […]
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Leadership Conversations: 3 More Blind Spots

I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results. In my previous post on leadership conversations, I mentioned two conversational blind spots leaders often have: Making false assumptions Underestimating emotions Here are three more blind spots in leadership […]
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Leadership Conversations: Reality Gaps and Blind Spots

I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results. This book has some real gems in it. As leaders, the more we become aware of reality gaps and conversational blind spots, the more we can converse clearly. In […]
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Conflicts and Leadership Blind Spots

Conflicts can be healthy in relationships and organizations where trust has been established. Diverse perspectives challenge tunnel vision and the status quo, while promoting learning and innovation. When issues are constructively debated, new solutions emerge. Yet still, it’s human nature to want to defend and win an argument. Debate turns into conflicts and becomes destructive […]
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Leadership Blind Spots: Moral Values and Strategy

One of the most challenging choices leaders face is weighing values against short-term business gains. Values and strategy are areas where blind spots commonly occur for leaders. I’ve been discussing how even good leaders can fall into faulty thinking and leadership blind spots. No one is immune. We can group the most common leadership blind […]
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How Success Creates Leadership Blind Spots

A leader’s experiences – successful and otherwise – create powerful memories that influence future decisions. Unfortunately, experience also fosters leadership blind spots. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” ~ Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, The Road Ahead Success boosts confidence — and while it can feel especially good, […]
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5 Leadership Blind Spots and 2 Types of Thinking

Why do even very smart and psychologically aware leaders find themselves trapped in the same leadership blind spots? “Blind spots are the product of an overactive automatic mind and an underactive reflective mind.” ~ Steven Snyder, Leadership and the Art of Struggle The brain has two systems for thinking, explains Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman […]
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Do You Have a Leadership Blindspot?

If you lack the influence you need, it may be because you’re operating in a leadership blindspot. One of the challenges of leadership is being aware of how your message is received. Everyone has blindspots, even when you have the best intentions and have clearly communicated what’s needed. “Leadership is a struggle by flawed human […]
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Coaching Yourself: The Blind Leading the Blind

If I were a younger man (and some days I think I am!), and if I had ambitions to ascend the corporate ladder to the C-suites, I wouldn’t hesitate to seek out the services of a good executive coach. Here’s why… Even though most of us by now have pretty good self-awareness and know our […]
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Countering Egotistic Leadership:
Taking Ground Back

Egotistic leadership can be countered. But it takes a deliberate effort on the part of leaders to refocus and see things from a wider view. Trained coaches are an excellent resource to guide leaders to a helpful perspective. In some cases, a leader can only make progress on becoming less egotistical through working with an experienced […]
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